74 percent increase in HIV infections in Pakistan between 2010 and 2019: UN

Statesman Report

ISLAMABAD: The number of adults in Pakistan newly infected with HIV has sharply increased in the past decade, latest United Nations data shows.

A 2020 progress report published by the UN Global HIV Prevention Coalition (GPC) last week shows that despite an observed decline in new HIV infections among adults in several countries, overall worldwide progress in prevention was too slow to reach the 2020 target of a reduction in infections among adults to fewer than 500,000 a year. By the end of 2019, at least 1.7 million worldwide people had been infected.

Pakistan is among the countries where a rise in infections has been recorded, the report said.

Citing “low coverage of prevention and treatment services for key populations” in Pakistan, the report said the number of adults newly infected with HIV in the country increased by 74 percent between 2010 and 2019. The number of newly infected adults was 23,000 in 2019, about 1,000 more than in 2018.

It is estimated that between 160,000 and 210,000 people in Pakistan are living with HIV.

Although the overall prevalence in Pakistan is still less than 1 percent in the adult population, the World Health Organization lists the country among those where new HIV infections are increasing at an alarming level. _data_reduction_proxy_enabled_application":"0","daily_received_length_with_data_reduct